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4 stars Instead of a typical review, let me just say this:

They have been together since the early 1980's (or late 70's if you count the earliest incarnations). They have been releasing a steady stream of albums, none of them sub-par or healf-hearted. And after all those years they have been able to release "F.E.A.R.", an utterly brilliant, beautiful, and relevant piece of work that gets better with every listen.

To put things into perspective: new albums by bands of similar tenure are usually received with a patronizing attitude. We all know how it is and Metallica is arguably the most glaring example: even those that like "Death Magnetic" are probably aware that without lowered expectations, the album would not stand close scrutiny. Or let's take Yes, I have yet to read a review of any of their newer albums that would not boild down to recalling past glories and listing those rare tiny reflections of bygone days in the new music. Then there are all those numerous bands that record next to nothing and slowly(?) lose all relevance, embarking on greatest hits tours pandering to old (prog) rockers' nostalgia.

Then there's Marillion. They show that a band of artistic integrity and true talent can release masterpieces no matter how old they are or how deep they have delved into their stylistic niche. They don't need excuses for rehashing past glories because they just don't.

Most importantly, they show that there is no limit to true creativity and you don't have to reinvent the wheel to retain freshness and originality: an expression of true artistry will resonate with the listener regardless of genre conventions and the baggage of the past. Such is "F.E.A.R", an original album that doesn't try to be anything else but itself and succeeds in being a masterpiece.

Glubluk | 4/5 |


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